Leicester Riders women were knocked out of the WBBL Cup at the quarter-final stage by arch rivals Sevenoaks Suns.
Sevenoaks showed no signs of disappointment after having their record breaking Championship winning streak ended last weekend at Nottingham Wildcats, recovering with an 81-66 victory on the road in Loughborough.
The teams started cagily, with an Ella Clark three pointer nosing Riders in front in the first quarter 12-11.
But the Suns Cat Carr hit consecutive threes to open a 17-12 lead.
Riders never got to parity from that moment, and at the end of the first quarter Sevenoaks led 23-15.
Riders came out with purpose in the second quarter and good work in the backcourt by Jen Ashton and Brea Elmore cut the Suns lead to 23-22.
But a 9 nil run by the Suns broke the game open, and at halftime they were in control, leading 39-27.
Riders battled back at the start of the third quarter cutting the Suns lead to just 45-40 midway through the period, but then Janice Monakana started to impose her will on the game and with ten minutes to go the Suns were in charge, leading 57-43.
In spite of consecutive threes from Sarah Hinriksdottir, Riders were never able to threaten the Suns lead in the final quarter.
Hinriksdottir top scored for Riders with 16 points, while Elmore chipped in 15, and Kate Oliver 13.
But the Suns’ Monakana stole the show with a game-high 23 points.
Carr also impressed for Sevenoaks with 16 points and 10 assists.